| July/August 1979

  • The Sundial engine

  • The Sundial engine

This is the Sundial engine of Joe Thomas, national secretary of the National Vintage Tractor & Engine Club of Great Britain. Joe brought this engine back from Australia and ran it at 33 rallies and meets in 1978. He writes:

'It was made in 1936 by the H. V. McKay, Sunshine Harvester Co. Ltd., at Sunshine, Melbourne, Victoria. It is an open crank type with crank guard and is 2 HP, side valve.

'The plate on the side says Massey-Harris, H. V. McKay Ltd., but Massey's had only that year combined with H. V. McKay who like McCormick were pioneers from the very earliest days in mechanical farm machinery and original header harvesters and made Australia's first combines when I drove them in the 1920s.'